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Weekly Gems 39

Neon Valley – Valley Girl

Neon Valley

It’s Friday, almost the weekend, so let’s celebrate with a retro-inspired video, courtesy of Neon Valley.

‘Valley Girl’ amalgamates the best kind of funk and synth pop, laced in neon nu-disco with solid lyrics that will no doubt get you in the mood.

Sounds like: Chromeo, Du Tonc, ROOSEVELT

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All The Rest – Waste My Money

All The Rest

Formed in 2013 by a group of musicians in the sleepy town of Senoia, Georgia, All The Rest makes honest music for a disoriented and systematic generation.

Their new single, ‘Waste My Money’ is about spending literal and mental money on your significant other.

Sounds like: LANY

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Nakala – Never Changed

Nakala

Nakala is a refreshing nu-R&B duo comprised of South Coast based Nakala and long-term production partner Brad Baker.

Their new track ‘Never Changed’ melodically free flows between the indietronica and hip hop genres and is reminiscent of a late-night drive through the city suburbs.

Sounds like: July Child, Ayelle

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PLYA – Innocent

PLYA

PLYA is taking a slightly different direction to their usual stuff, focusing on a more dreamy pop landscape.

Their new single ‘Innocent’ considers “the nostalgia of looking back at purer times from a place filled with imperfections.”

Sounds like: Fickle Friends, Draper, Sykes, Broods, Phantogram, Monogem

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RAIGN – God Only Knows

RAIGN

Alt-pop romantic RAIGN today releases her album ‘SIGN’, which features a dark and dreamy cover of ‘God Only Knows’, the Beach Boys‘ classic.

RAIGN runs her own record label, Millionaire London Records, designs clothes, writes songs for some of the biggest names in music and is currently penning an audiobook (scored by herself), and after taking a listen to her album, we’ve decided that this girl is badass!

Sounds like: London Grammar, Lady Gaga

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Gabriella Vixen – Old Mistake

Gabriella Vixen

Break-ups suck, we all know that, and Kent-based Gabriella Vixen perfectly describes the process of bumping into an ex in her new single, ‘Old Mistake’,

“Old mistake is about the empowering realisation that comes after that brief moment that we all at some point have experienced. When you bump into someone from your past, a flash of memories, followed by belly flipping butterflies, losing the ability to talk without stuttering, rosy cheeks and even an exchange of new numbers.”

Feisty! Gabriella is on our ones to watch list for 2019.

Sounds like: Zara Larsson, Ariana Grande, Mura Masa, Rita Ora

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New Arcades – Hideaway

New Arcades

Introducing New Arcades, a cinematic synth duo comprised of Dean Canty and Adam Sullivan.

They have today released their new single ‘Hideaway’, which is a slow-burning ballad that gently builds to a powerful synthetic harmony of electronics and an epic guitar finale.

Sounds like: M83, Chromatics, College

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Laélia – Television Feat. Inu The Strange

Laélia

Laélia is an energetic, Brazil born, London based femme fatale. Her music is eclectic to say the least, channelling the likes of Madonna and Cyndi Lauper.

She has teamed up with producer Inu The Strange on ‘Television’.

Listen below

Sounds like: Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Kate Bush, Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga, Yonaka

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Playlist: Ten Fé

Ten Fé

Ten Fé

It’s no secret that we’ve been huge fans of Ten Fé since the beginning, and their album really is good, so to celebrate, here is a playlist of all their favourite tracks. We’re glad to see Bruce Springsteen makes an appearance too.

Happy Mondays – Wrote for Luck

Kevin Morby – Dorothy

Suicide – Ghost Rider

College – A Real Hero

Bruce Springsteen – I’m On Fire

Shuggie Otis – Strawberry Letter 23

‘Hit The Light’ is out now via SOME KINDA LOVE / [PIAS]. Order on iTunes here.

Tour Dates

Wed 08 March 2017 Brighton, UK Green Door Store
Thu 09 March 2017 London, UK Oslo
Fri 10 March 2017 Bristol, UK Louisiana
Sat 11 March 2017 Cardiff, UK Clwb Ifor Bach
Sun 12 March 2017 Birmingham, UK Hare & Hounds
Wed 15 March 2017 Liverpool, UK Buyer’s Club
Thu 16 March 2017 Nottingham, UK Bodega
Fri 17 March 2017 Manchester, UK Soup Kitchen
Sat 18 March 2017 Leeds, UK Hedgerow House
Sun 19 March 2017 Glasgow, UK Broadcast
Fri 24 March 2017 Paris, FR Pete The Monkey at Le Pop Up du Label

Sounds like: Bruce Springsteen, Night Drive, The Rapture, Jagwar Ma, CliffLight, War on Drugs, The Cure

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Playlist: ZAGATA

ZAGATA

ZAGATA

Meet Montreal-based producer ZAGATA (aka Jesse Proteau).

ZAGATA makes slow embracing synth-led tunes and can put together a wicked playlist together.

On that note, here is said wicked playlist. Enjoy!

Moderat – A New Error
Very inspiring synth bass line and tones.

Porches – Underwater
Like the overall mix from Chris Coady on this. Sometimes less is better.

CHVRCHES – Under The Tide
Just my fav song from them. Definitely one of my fav bands as well.

Adriatique – Space Knights
I’m just so stoked about the mood of this track.

Crystal Castles – Not In Love (Feat. Robert Smith)
This track is the definition of a perfect song. That chorus is just awesome.

College and Electric Youth- A Real Hero
I like the simplicity of this one. Sweet blend. Perfect amount of melancholy and hope.

George Fitzgerald – Full Circle
My favourite song for training. Like the vibe, BPM, synths, tone and vocals. Best album of 2015.

Com Truise – Karova
I just love how Com Truise mixes his drums. Tone reference at all points.

Caribou – Can’t Do Without You
Such an amazing Canadian artist.

Moderat – Finder
1 Moderat song is not enough!

Sounds like: Goldroom, College, The Wild Wild

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LGHTNNG – Sharks

LGHTNNG

LGHTNNG

When we started Indietronica, we wanted to use it as a platform for underground artists to expose their music.

LGHTNNG produces the exact synth sound that we want to present to our readers.

The trio is from from Groningen in the Netherlands and their video for ‘Sharks’ is a collection of old footage. It has a remiscient tone throughout.

‘Sharks’ has been taken from their upcoming EP, ‘Nights Change Days’.

Sounds like: College, BLSHS, Monogem, Aurora, Crozet, Pistol Shrimp, Ellie Goulding, Taylor Swift, Chromatics, Electric Youth, Annie

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Premiere: Nicky Venus – Bodily Love

Nicky Venus by Shane Wilson

Nicky Venus by Shane Wilson

We recently received a press release asking us “Who is Nicky Venus?”

It’s a good question and one that Indietronica felt required answering.

Upon listening, we discovered that Nicky Venus is a sophisticated San Diego-based synth pop act, who has won the Best Pop award at the San Diego Music Awards 2014.

He sought musical inspiration during his travels in Asia, with nothing than a laptop, backpack and un-mailed letter to hand. The result is his new album ‘Little Runner’; a highly danceable album about suffering for love.

Indietronica is proud to be premiering the second track from the album called ‘Bodily Love’. It is full of lush minimal arrangements with a deeply sinister and haunting undertone.

Nicky will be releasing singles monthly until the album is released in November.

Sounds like: Depeche Mode, Tom Vek, LCD Soundsystem, David Bowie, Simple Minds, Thompson Twins, We are Scientists, The Album Leaf, White Arrows, College, Shiny Toy Guns, Zella Day

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Aaron – Interview

Aaron - Letters to Jonny

Aaron – Letters to Jonny

Dreampop princess Aaron has released her ‘Letters to Jonny’ EP.

We featured track two from the EP, ‘Strong‘, a while back and caught up with Aaron to find out some more about life and music…

How and why did you start making music?

I started songwriting at 15, not taking it seriously at all. My grandfather is an incredible jazz musician and inspired me to start creating my own music. After leaving school being an artist was the only thing that seemed engaging to me and so I decided to do it.

Describe your sound in three words.

Awesome alternative pop.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

All over, I grew up on Alt rock and jazz music, artists like TV on the Radio and Miles Davis. My mother was obsessed with early 80s Madonna and Kate Bush and I think that definitely shows in my own work.

There is a lot of other female electronic artists out there. How do you differentiate yourself?

I’m glad you asked that because as an artist I don’t believe I am bound by genre, it’s my writing style that defines me. My next project is far less electronic than ‘Letters to Jonny’.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

Alabama Shakes‘s new album ‘Sound & Colour’ I absolutely love! Shura is incredible too, I can’t wait for her album. Also a bit late to the party but I’ve had Mac DeMarco‘s ‘Salad Days’ on repeat like crazy.

What is next for you? Are you planning a tour?

I’m straight back in the studio working on my next project, which will be coming out towards the end of summer ’15. I’ll be touring after that for sure.

Have a listen to the EP in full below:

Sounds like: Nina, Paperwhite, Broods, Monogem, M83, VÉRITÉ, Evvy, Pawws, College, Noosa

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Priest – Broken

Priest - Broken

Priest – Broken

It’s been a while since we wrote about some synth pop, but it’s spring time, so why not!

Florida-based synth pop duo Priest (formerly X priest X) have released brand new track ‘Broken’.

It’s modern pop that glides subtly between 80s lo-fi pop and sharply syncopated rhythms that fit like a glove for a John Hughes film soundtrack.

It is second single from their forthcoming debut album ‘Priest’, which is to be released on 5 May via Swedish label Emotion.

Sounds like: BLSHS, The Human League, Crozet, Chvrches, Zola Jesus, Sky Ferreira, Grimes, College

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Aaron – Strong

Aaron

Aaron

Meet Aaron. Her music is pure dreampop.

Aaron has been working with the likes of Corey Chorus (Rihanna) and TIEKS (Florence & The Machine, Duke Dumont) on her debut ‘Letters To Jonny EP’, which was released in Autumn 2014.

She has a naivety to her voice, despite her determined lyrics.

Listen to the sparkling gem ‘Strong’.

Sounds like: Nina, Paperwhite, Broods, Monogem, M83, VÉRITÉ, Evvy, Pawws, College, Noosa

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X Priest X – Dark Sun

X Priest X

X Priest X

X priest X is the project of vocalist Madeline Priest and producers Chandler Strang and David Kazyk. The trio have only been working together in Florida for 1 year.

Following on from the Grimes-influenced sound of their first demo track, ‘Samurai’, is the demo of ‘Dark Sun’; a dazzling ’80’s style synthpop and movie-worthy track.

And just because we love it, have a listen to ‘Samurai’ below:

It’s hard to believe that in the short space of 1 year, X Priest X have created 2 killer tracks, and they are only demos! We can’t wait to hear more!

Sounds like: BLSHS, The Human League, Chvrches, Zola Jesus, Sky Ferreira, Grimes, College

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Brassica – Everything / Hayat Zor EP

Brassica

Brassica, an electronic producer from Tunbridge Wells/ London, UK, also know as makes luscious 80s inspired synth-pop and Italo using analog synths, vintage drum machines, and traditional instruments. His latest release; EP ‘Hayat Zor’, was out 18th November 2013, on Civic Laden, and is available to purchase here.

With breathy vocals and pulsating, sharp synths reminiscent of a Jan Hammer production, opening track ‘Everything’ certainly makes us think of the College & Electric Youth song ‘A Real Hero’, along with influential 80s outfit Bronski Beat.

The EP includes four original productions and two remixes of ‘Everything’ from Gavin Russom and Petrels.  ‘Hayat Zor’ is a collection on which emotional resonance and technical expertise sit side by side.

Below is an album sampler and a  version of ‘Everything’ with talk-over at the end from a radio play, so head over to Spotify to listen to the full EP, or buy from the link above.

Sounds like; College, Electric Youth, The Swiss, Digitalism,
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